Good things come to those who wait. Cilogear, a small Portland-based manufacturer of tough ultralight mountaineering and climbing backs was recently featured in the German version of Climbing Magazine (Klettern) (August 2018).
As the owner of a 40b worksack, I can vouch for their toughness and low weight. Best of all, once you figure out the strap system, they are easy to customize. For rain-free outings with low weight, I can easily leave the top separate for example. Here she is in the car and ready for a nice day trip in Germany.
Cilogear describes itself as a lean manufacturer, meaning nothing is ready to go off the shelf. Everything is made-to-order meaning you’ve got a lot of options to choose from and they’re happy to work with you to get just the pack you want. The trade-off is of course longer lead times but despite consumers being used to two-day prime shipping, sometimes good things only come to those who wait.